Why do I love Syrah so much? Syrah can be zesty, bright, and peppery as well as robust, meaty, and gamey. I am crazy about fruitful, wild, meaty, earthy, roasted, herbal, spicy, and umami-tinged wines. Syrah checks all of those boxes.
Whether Syrah comes from France, Oregon, California, Australia, or any other locale, they express an old world sensitivity, a balance between brilliant natural acidities, restrained amounts of new oak, and an absence of excessive alcohol. I probably drink more Syrah than any other varietal, and that is saying a lot given my obsessions with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.